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Orlando City to sign veteran goalkeeper Brian Rowe

Goalkeeper Brian Rowe walks into an Orlando City training session at Sylvan Lake Park. (Jordan Culver-Orlando Sentinel)

Orlando City is set to sign veteran goalkeeper Brian Rowe, a league source confirmed to Pro Soccer USA.

An official announcement should come from the club soon. 

Rowe, 30, started 10 games for the Whitecaps last season, conceding 22 goals and recording 29 saves. He was traded to the Whitecaps after six seasons with the LA Galaxy, where he had a 21-16-21 record during the regular season and a 2-1-0 record in the playoffs.

His best season was in 2016, during which he started 30 matches and conceded 33 goals while recording 113 saves. He had nine shutouts in 2016.

“He’s been awesome,” goalkeeper coach Thabane Sutu said in a previous interview with Pro Soccer USA. “Mentoring the other three guys about certain things and his experiences with MLS. He’s been a huge help. Obviously, he’s a good goalkeeper.”

Rowe joined Orlando City’s preseason training camp as a trialist while the team was at IMG Academy in Bradenton. 

“He’s done really well,” head coach James O’Connor said last week after the team’s preseason training scrimmage against the New York Red Bulls. Rowe started the scrimmage and, according to O’Connor, played 45 minutes. 

“He brings good experience to the group. I think he’s someone that we’ve been pleased with.” 

Rowe brings experience to Orlando City’s group of goalkeepers. Greg Ranjitsingh is a two-time USL champion, though he hasn’t played in an MLS match. Adam Grinwis got his shot to play last season and started five of the team’s last six games. Mason Stajduhar is a Homegrown player, but he sat out last season while undergoing treatment for bone cancer. 




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